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Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 102
Hads: 763
Avg: 4
pDev: 31.5%
Wants: 157
Gots: 214 | FT: 14
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mora2000 on 11-17-2011

English Imperial Stout meets the Franco-Belgian Farmhouse tradition in this dry, drinkable beer; Pitch black in color with notes of chocolate, roasted and black malts coupled with earthy, peppery and floral farmhouse esters.
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Photo of DanielDomigan
4.94/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours Blacker then the blackest black times infinity. A dryed blood color finger of head.

S: smells of BLACK Coffee and Rotting Farmhouse yeast! and some boozyness...

T: hell fire roasted Cocoa, slight festering malts and yeast and vanilla bean tears ov dying angels

M: thick as blood with a generous amount ov carbonation

This brew was defiantly spawned from the darkest pits ov hell to pay homage to Black Metal and SATAN! \m/

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Photo of WeedWolf
4.84/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2013. From bottle to goblet.

Pours deep dark black and compliments the screech owls in the background of my porch. Medium brown head that retains well and leaves subtle lacing.

Smells like a good Imperial stout brewed in a barn in all the right ways. Dark malts with hints of sour and funk.

Tastes like a good Stout at first then blast beats into a crazy farmhouse/saison with sourness and funk carried by the Black malt in all it's roasted complexity. Notes of coffee, chocolate and dark fruit with hints of hay then other strange flavor combinations.

Feels like the best of both styles. With a juicy thick body and a slight lingering astringency.

Overall I only thought this brew was okay when I had it young, 3 to 5 months old, but maturation in the cellar has made a world of difference! 2 styles that I love brought together in a beautifully dark, well balanced, union. Would like to see other brewery's attempted this style!
A brutally delicious brew!
... And quite Metal!!!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours black as night with some foam atop it. There’s big aromas of roast coffee, some smoke and fruit—not citrus or tropical fruits, rather dark fruits, stone fruits. I get roasty coffee and thick toffee flavors, some espresso and dark cherries, bitter chocolates, and a boozy finish. Flavors are sharp and focused, with a crisp, hoppy bitterness for any sort of imperial stout. A big boy and bad to the bone. I like it.

A farmhouse imperial stout? I’m not sure my palate is astute enough to detect the differences between this and their (um, regular?) imperial stout. More investigation is needed, as they say in research journals!

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Photo of Premo88
4.64/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

4 oz. poured into tulip on tap at the brewery (Aug. 8, 2015)
(9.1% ABV version)

L: dark brown ... it's hard to tell for sure because the dark here runs from brown to black quickly as the depth of the brew increases in the glass, but it's clear ... might be the most clear beer of Jester King's lineup I've tried so far; some cool lacing; foam is tan, beautiful complement ... almost brown foam

S: pure milk chocolate to begin with ... holy cow! it's super sweet, shocking from a JK brew but they really loaded up with malt for a traditional stout. as it warms, starts to show the signature JK tartness ... very backwards but still very cool. as the sour and sweet notes mix, it takes on a chocolate cheesecake aroma. absolutely fantastic!

T: sour espresso/chocolate ... what a mix! super sweet underneath the farmhouse tart notes of lemon ... the stout-like chocolate and coffee really take over in the second half of the swallow. not as sweet as the nose but still full of balancing flavors.

F: much more farmhouse ale-like than stout-like, and I love it. very crisp and light and easy to drink.

O: if ever there was a "summer" stout, this is it. it truly blends the best of both the imperial stout and the farmhouse ale, leaving you with a balanced sweet/sour mix of notes that make for a delightful experience. for the beer drinker looking to get into sours, this might be a good starting point because the dark malt here really kicks in a lot of sweetness. i will drink this every chance I get, it's that good.

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Photo of drpimento
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best of the bunch here so and by far! Served with a llight brown head that lingered to the bottom and was superbly balanced. Color is an opaque black brown with a light brown head that subsided at the same rate as the glass emptied. Aroma is a pleasant roast, malt, slight fruit. Flavor's like malt, nothing out of sorts. Body and carbonation are perfect. Finish is like flavor, of a shorter length, and incredibly drinkable for, not only a beer of its class, but relative to all and just a work of art. All hail!

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Photo of acevenom
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a brandy snifter. Pours black with a two-finger length dark tan head that dissipates slowly. The is no lacing, but I do get some alcohol legs. The aroma is of farmhouse yeast, dark roasted barley malt, chocolate, coffee, anise, dark fruits, and maybe a little alcohol. The beer tastes of those classic RIS flavors from the dark roasted barley malt as well as coffee and chocolate. In the back end, you get some of that farmhouse yeast flavor. I get those dark fruits, cherries, and anise notes as well. It's sweet, but not too sweet. There is some alcohol as well. It all comes together to be well-balanced. The aftertaste doesn't linger long, but it is of mild chocolate. The body is medium with strong carbonation due to the bottle conditioning. The finish is slightly dry. It's an easy sipper. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of Radome
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet. Bought at the brewery in Sep '13.

A - The beer is the darkest possible brown, very close to black. No light shines through it; it looks like engine oil. The head is unbelievable. It is the darkest brown head I've ever seen. It piled up several inches high during the pour, then dropped to a solid, opaque layer. It is made up of fairly large bubbles with an oily appearance, like espresso whipped to a froth. I can't imagine a better looking beer.

S - Very complex aroma. Chocolate, coffee, rum, oak. Very low fruit aromas. A hint of leather and horse blanket, but not overpowering.

T - A wealth of dark malt flavors: dark chocolate, espresso, dark wheat dinner rolls. Fruit is restrained; maybe some raisins and prunes. There is an alcohol sweetness that again reminds me of rum, but it's balanced by a very light "farmhouse" tartness.

M - Thick, creamy, mouthcoating body. Low carbonation. Medium hops bitterness and light alcohol presence.

O - This is a delicious Imperial Stout. The farmhouse character is restrained, but adds complexity and helps cut through the sweetness. This is like drinking an Irish coffee or a chocolate milk-like mixed drink, maybe a white Russian. Yummy.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black stout with a large light brown foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some chocolate notes is very enticing. Taste is a well balanced mix between some roasted malt with some notes of chocolates and some light fruity notes. Body has a full boy with a nice creamy mouthfeel with no apparent alcohol. Well balanced with super good drinkability and smooth aftertaste which may be due to farmhouse yeast makes for a great late-night stout.

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Photo of jwchestnut
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I totally dug this beer. Pours totally black with tan, khaki head. The nose is dark malts, coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, dark fruits - figs and cherries - picked up on some of those farmhouse-y saison yeast notes. The taste follows the noise primarily with the dark roasted grains, cocoa and dark fruits - maybe a little vinous. Some sweetness that is almost like Belgian candi-sugars, a little more oak and slight funk from what I am assuming is the farmhouse yeast - though they are really quite minimal. Surprisingly smooth and full mouthfeel that has an incredibly dry finish. Again, I really enjoyed this beer. One my favorites from Jester King that I thought walked the line between the two styles quite well.

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Photo of MEsquandoles
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL from Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery. Poured into JK stemware.

Super dark body and head. Thick head and excellent retention.

Really chocolatey in the aroma. Some anise, dark spice, dark fruits too. Not a hugely powerful aroma, but all the other aspects make up for that.

More cacao than anything else, but dark fruits too. Very roasty, with some leather, and somewhat creamy tasting as well. Not nearly as English-y as the previous (non-farmhouse) Black Metal, but the farmhouse yeast is not nearly as present here as any of their other farmhouse beers.

Great mouthfeel, thick and creamy, but dry finish. Lots of subtlety and spice in the aftertaste. Peppery. Very drinkable.

Excellent vision, excellent execution. They seem to have figured out this farmhouse bottle conditioning thing. I like this better than the first batch of the farmhouse version. These guys are killing it right now.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

I know it's not appearance, but I did appreciate the healthy glugging sound as this beer departed the bottle. Add to that the thick and viscous liquid that came out and I was well on my way to enjoying this beer. The pour produced a three-finger thick head that was espresso-tinged in color, very frothy, and crystalline. The beer was pitch black and looked like a coffee without milk. The head also proved to be incredibly persistent.

Perhaps, my mind and nose were playing tricks on me, but i got hints of lactose when smelling this beer. There was dark chocolate blending with this, so it was very much like a cafe mocha. I also got some really sweet aromas that suggested Belgian candy syrup, which then were complemented by sweet malts. A very intriguing and dessert-like brew.

Black Metal's taste did not disappoint either. I immediately got dark chocolate and cherry and other dark fruit notes, then a thick dark roasted malt flavor, creamy lactose, baker's chocolate and cocoa. The dry chocolatey flavors stuck on my tongue. A damn delightful treat.

The beer is sweet and almost sugary, which may find some detractors, but I feel the other characteristics do a great job of balancing things out. There's slight yeastiness, medium carbonation and body, slight fruity lightness, and a thrust of carbonation at the finish. I also realized the beer has a slight vinous quality.

This beer is just outstanding. It complex, unique and bursting with flavor. Superb.

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Photo of gtermi
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer pours a dark old motor oil black body with a HUGE dark tan head with a ton of carbonation. The head slowly fades and fades awesome to nothing and it doesnt leave any lacing on the glass.

S: I am picking up a decent amount of booze, some sweet malt, roasted malt and a little bit of coffee and chocolate.

T: There is a nice bitterness at first and then it turns to a chocolatey and roasted malt and there is also a bit of mineraly taste.

M: This is beyond smooth. There is a tiny bit of tingle on the back of the throat and has a nice smooth carbonation.

O: This is a fantastic beer and I would recommend this to anybody. I only wish that this was in 4 or 6 packs so I could just drink 12 oz at a time.

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Photo of nickfl
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

3000th review

Pours with a big head of dark khaki head on a very black body. The aroma is dark stone fruit and chocolate. Lots of fruit and chocolate up front in the flavor with notes of dark cherry, raspberry and lots of dark, rummy chocolate. A thick, dense body and fairly high carbonation. Very good, the chocolate and fruit are very well matched and complex.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown, almost black in some light. Barely there khaki head. Dark roasted, almost burnt smelling, malt, coffee, mild musty yeast. Up front the flavor is of the roasty imperial stout base, but the acidity and fungal yeasty funk immediately flood the tongue. Finish has a solid bitterness and overtones of coffee. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and lively for being so high abv. Overall pretty awesome.

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Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at the brewery side-by-side with Funk Metal and I surprisingly gave this the nod. It has a nice balance between stout roastiness and the tart flavors. Whereas, Funk Metal was dominated by tart flavors that overshadowed a lot of the roastiness. Nice beer, I'm not convinced this stout is better with the farmhouse yeast, but it is certainly more interesting.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, Batch #15, bottled August 26, 2013. Served in a Great Lakes Brewing chalice, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch and a half brown head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, coffee, milk and bittersweet chocolate, and some sweet and tart dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some burnt malt/grain, licorice, and a bit of peppery spice and earthiness. I like the mix of roastiness, sweetness and tartness in this brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and coating with a good amount of soft carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, I'd like to pick up a bottle the next time I come across some. $13.99 a bottle.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich dark black color with just a touch of brown creeping in around the edges and a thick frothy finger of chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of burnt chocolate and coffee, with some rich sweet dark fruits, black licorice, earthiness, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with some deep roasted and burnt chocolate malts with a touch of milky sweetness and some earthy flavors. Through the middle, strong coffee notes come through with some sweet dark fruits including raisins and cherries. The finish is a mix of chocolate and coffee beans with some earthy and lightly smoky flavors, burnt malts, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, sweet, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice big Imperial Stout. I like the strength of the burnt and chocolate flavors and the beer as a whole feels nicely balanced.

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Photo of redcap45
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours obsidian black with a somewhat energetic dark tan head. There is a ton of yellow lace on the glass. Nose is chocolate, cocoa, some licorice, earth, and coffee with hints of toasty bitterness. There are hints of char and coffee bitterness as well. The flavor is deep and dark: roast, toast, char, chocolate, licorice, black coffee, earth, and bits of molasses. Liked a toned-down black Tuesday. Mouthfeel is thick and sultry, full of depth. Excellent imperial stout.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with 3-4 finger mocha head (huge foam).

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, slight coffee, some sourness, dark fruits.

T: Yum. It's delicious. Chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruits (cherries), not much coffee as noted in the nose, belgium yeast adding some funkiness. It tastes like slightly sweeter Deschuttes Obsidian Stout with Belgium yeast added.

M: Very smooth, but not chewy or syrupy much. Relatively high carbonation.

O: Very very good. Note though that this bottle was probably about a year old, aged in my basement cellar.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle into an old-fashioned glass with a moderately aggressive hand. No date on the bottle, but pretty metal label. It tells me this is best enjoyed with blast beats! Well ok then, twist my arm. I'm in TX - will Pantera's Great Southern Trendkill suffice?

A: Opaque black. Not even any transparency on the last swig from the glass. Impressive. 1.5 fingers of tight, deep caramel-colored head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Nice, full roasted malt, cocoa and coffee. Dark fruit underneath. A flemish-type, cherry tartness develops as it warms.

T: A split second of sweetness gives way to a surprising degree of tartness that lingers. Slowly yields to a medium dark chocolate bitterness and fairly dry finish. Roasted, somewhat oaky, malt carries throughout. Dark cherry. Some black licorice. Not much alcohol at all for 9% ABV. This is the inverse of something like Cuvee Freddy or Sierra/Boulevard's Incognito which starts tart and turns barrel-aged. This starts with more of the dark, round flavors and blossoms into a flemish-style sour with roasted notes. Really enjoying this.

M: High carbonation for the style, although moderate overall. Moderate body. Kinda bursts in the mouth when it hits the tongue. Could certainly be smoother and creamier.

O: Strikes me as a sort of imperial Flemish red with darker malt. This brew really syncs up with my personal tastes. Love the sour notes. I haven't had prior iterations of Black Metal for comparison, but in my ignorance, this really seems to hit the high notes for me. Maybe it's the Pantera. I'll Drag the Waters for more.


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Photo of genitempo
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jester King has been making waves in the Austin Beer scene for quite a bit of time now. Their Brewmaster, Jeff Stuffings, puts his creative edge upon a wealth of beer knowledge and it shows. Although Jester King's Black Metal is a year-round effort from the brewery, it seems that this beer doesn't receive as much recognition as some of the others. Let this not be a reason to discredit the artistry behind Black Metal. It's pour is rather weighty, showing it's 9.3% ABV, leaving a blackened body with foamy, tan head. Black Metal puts chocolate and roasted malts on the front-end, with a hint of that belgian yeast that Stuffing's loves to employ. The beer amasses a sense of fullness in your mouth, but due to the bottle-conditioning, we see that weight implore an element of creaminess that has a bit of a lift. Flavors are bitter and charred in the best way, giving the imbiber a comparison to Old Rasputin but honed down. The sip ends with a bright twist, pushing forward a spice with mild astringency (a quality that Stuffing's has conquered).

Don't let Jeff Stuffing's other masterpieces cloak this creation, Black Metal's got some talent.

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Photo of DavidST
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. This pours a semi-thick pitch black color with a massive (especially for the abv) mocha colored head which has good retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, hops and a bit of alcohol. The feel is nice and thick. The taste is pretty good, a load of dark chocolate, roasted malts and a nice bitter finish. Good stuff.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750Ml poured into a snifter

A- Pours extremely dark brown. Black as night in the glass. A two finger of a frothy brown head. Beautiful stuff.

S- A lot of roasted malt in this one. A big dryness, a touch of coffee. A slight yeastyness and spicy grain. A touch of dark fruit and a hoppy bitterness. Overall, A roastbomb.

T- A super roasty beer. The first flavor to really pop here is a strong fruity ester. A bit of a dark fruit malt profile. A lemony yeastyness and possibly some floral fruity notes left by hops. A touch of coffee in this beer but a lot of chocolate. A dark, bitter chocolate with a bite and a lasting flavor. A slight grain and wheat as well. Alcohol well hidden.

M- A different mouthfeel from what you would normally expect out of a RIS. Very high carbonation and lingering bitterness. A very full body. Heavy beer but balanced.

O- An awesome RIS. A unique take on the style. Veers slightly off the norm and doesn't disappoint. Also, great label.

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Photo of foobula
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle is a couple of years old. Perfect appearance: dark black, full & frothy brown billowy head. Nose is very roasty with some sourness. Taste is quite roasty up front (nice!), a bit tangy on the sides, some sweetness and bitterness in the back and roasty throughout. Bitterness in the finish too. Reminiscent of black coffee. It isn't particularly yeasty for a "farmhouse" but I haven't had regular Black Metal to compare. Mouthfeel is medium-full. Overall a very nice roasty stout.

PS: Bottlecap liner had a rough texture with an odor, a couple of plastic flecks resting on top of the beer

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass. Bottled April 2013. Thanks for the share, Darren.

A: Dark brown with a tan one and a half finger head that lasts and lasts. Very thick lacing. And I love the artwork.

S: Semi-sweet chocolate, anise, leather, malts. Heaven.

T: Like drinking from a chocolate fountain. Sweet, smooth, decadent. I really didn't pick up on the farmhouse aspect or fruity esters. This one was full throttle chocolate stout. Elegant and rich.

M: Medium with medium carbonation. Frothy as hell. Everything you wish for in a mouthfeel.

O: One of the best beers I've had this year. A true delight. My first Jester King. I'd kill for another one of these heavy metal taste sensations.

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Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout from Jester King Brewery
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